Monthly Archives: July 2017

Next week Monday we are off for our summer vacation to Malta. The kids are really looking forward to it (though strictly speaking one already departed today). Packing will be….as always… a last minute affair. But despite not dwelling too much in my vacation destinations before I arrive, I already ordered a book I am intending to get through – Niccolo Machiavelli’s the Prince. I bought it some time ago but gave it to someone in much more need of the strategic advice it has on offer.

But in this very moment I can’t wait to be on a beach with a diet Kinnie (the local bitter orange drink) and a good book in my hand.

Malta here we come!


a year ago strolling the city of majestic Mdina

with its many palazzinos

the blue grottos outside Comino

It’s now close to half a year since I started with my training and food regime. It’s probably not much different from before, just more conscientious. I don’t write down what I eat every day (for lack of time), and frankly I don’t hit the gym as often as I would like, but I try to work out 3-4 days a week, either fitting in a small 45 min program at home or a 75 min program in the gym. And if the weather permits (which it is rarely) I go for a run along the Spaarne River.

Have I seen much results? Well I have lost a little over 3 kg’s (realising that loosing weight when you are over 40 is a challenge in comparison to a decade earlier). The fat percentage has gone down from over 34% to 32%. That is still above what is healthy for me (26% to 31% is the ideal range), so there is a little way to go. I put my hope in the holidays, with more sleep, hitting the gym every day, being active on the beach, eating fish and totally banning alcohol from the diet. Let’s see 🙂

tomato and cheese omelette from this morning

There are times to celebrate, and there are times to salute. The former invariably falls in the category of the merry and joyous. The latter marks the passage of time…not as in good or bad…..just mileage. Today is such a day. And with a 2004 St Emilion and a book that was sent to me last year but didn’t get the attention it deserved – Soldiers – I am suitable tucked up in bed for an evening down history lane. Add to that a tad of Tabu on my wrists (vintage fragrance from 1932 by Jean Carles – if the Weimar Republic ever had a scent it must have been this!) and the last episode of the (often) violent yet passionate history of the Romanov’s and the evening is complete.

the end of a long week

and the start of a new chapter

I have wanted to visit the Duchess at the W hotel in Amsterdam for some time now, but opportunity was never there. So when I met up with V the other day, it was the perfect occasion to try it out. The Duchess certainly didn’t disappoint. With the exception of some stringent time slots, and the request for sharing food, due to two plates never arriving at the same time (I sense someone pulled a Blue Ocean strategy here, no minimise the cost whilst creating an experience), the environment, the service, the menu (including an impressive cocktail card) was all to satisfaction and then some. Thank you V for a wonderful evening. x

fine dining in Amsterdam

beautiful art deco in a former bank

liquid nitrogen gets poured into our Chocolate Surprise

  et voila!

This picture was taken three years back when a friend of mine who is a fashion photographer asked me to be participate in a project of hers. It was a fantastic day and I met two other talents on the photo shoot who I still hold dear. A lot has happened since, but however fleeting the moment was, the memories and images still evoke good recollections to this day.

a few things still remain…the classic style, the colour of my nail varnish and my perfumes